Apartment complex to begin collecting dog DNA samples to identify feces not picked up by owners

Concourse apartment collecting dog DNA

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Picking up after your pet isn’t that hard, but one apartment complex in Memphis wants to know who’s behind the puppy piles.

"I don't think everybody has that view that it's as important as some people do,” said Andrew Voss, dog owner.

In a letter to residents, Parcels at Concourse said it's implementing a new program called “PooPrints” because some residents have not been picking up after their dogs.

"We use DNA technology to identify who is not picking up after their pet,” said J. Retinger, BioPet Laboratories CEO.

J. Retinger is the CEO of BioPet Laboratories. The Tennessee-based company founded PooPrints.

Right now, they're in about 4,000 communities across the US, Canada and the UK.

Retinger says they get about 200 samples a day.

In the letter, Parcels says every owner most provide a DNA sample of their dog by June 3.

A simple cheek swab collects DNA that's then submitted and used to create a profile.

"I've never heard of something like that as extreme as that,” said Voss.

Retinger says it takes a small sample of waste to pinpoint a poop-atrator.

He says most people even don't realize how harmful pet waste can be.

"In pet waste you have millions and millions of different bacteria that can make your pet sick, but more importantly can make humans sick,” said Retinger.

Parcels wrote if any waste is found and the DNA matches a dog, the owner will be fined $150.

If that fine isn’t paid the rental agreement could be terminated.

"It seems like a lot of work for the people who are trying to identify the dogs, but yeah whatever you gotta do, I guess,” said Voss.

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